Although outdoor weddings aren’t the most popular, they can be so much more magical and memorable than your standard wedding day.
Above: A spacious Marquee set up by Marquee Vision of UK outside the majestic Hotel Bibury Court – Bibury, Cirencester
As the days get longer and brighter and people prepare for the sun, many people will be preparing for their summer wedding. If you’re one of them why not consider tying the knot in a less traditional way and follow your English roots in and English country garden wedding.
An outdoor wedding is generally off the cards for many people because, here in Britain, you can never guarantee the weather. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have the perfect wedding outside – all eventualities catered for.
Talk to Your Wedding Officiants
Some officiants – vicar, priest, pastor or registrar in the case of a wedding – will only perform a wedding in a religious setting such as a church or a registry office. So, before you plan your wedding outside, it’s essential that you check in advance to make sure the wedding will be able to go ahead.
You should always inform your guests that they will be attending an outdoor wedding so that they can dress appropriately. You should also try to send weather information to people – especially if they live at the other end of the country or abroad so that they can prepare for all eventualities.
At present, the weather might be perfect; it might be a heat wave but it could also rain so you need to be prepared for all of them. A lot of people who have outdoor weddings like to have a marquee set up for people to shelter in if the sun gets too intense or to hold the entire wedding inside if the weather doesn’t quite go their way, so you might want to consider this too. Whatever you decide though make sure you have umbrellas and plenty of sun cream to hand out just in case.
Setting of an Outdoor Wedding
The setting of an outdoor wedding is just as important as it is for an indoor wedding so it’s essential you get everything organised early. Whether you’re holding it in your parent’s garden or in the setting of a big country house, you need to make sure you’ve got everything sorted before the big day.
An outdoor wedding is beneficial to you two too because it means that you don’t have to follow the rules of a traditional white wedding and you can choose outfits that are lighter and much more comfortable than a traditional wedding dress and suit. For the groom a linen suit is just as smart but much more comfortable and for the bride a lace and cotton combination dress – to the knee or floor depending on preference – looks amazing too.
Amelia Hart had always wanted an outdoor, country garden wedding so she contacted marquee-vision.co.uk who provided and dressed a marquee that proved to be the most magical venue that her guests had ever seen.